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Breaking Barriers: Support and Resources for Disabled Students Entering the Workforce

For many disabled people, leaving university and entering the workforce can be a daunting and anxiety-inducing experience. Not only is there the usual uncertainty and stress that comes with starting a new job, but disabled people may also face additional challenges related to their disability. These challenges can include concerns about accessibility and accommodation in the workplace, fear of discrimination or negative attitudes from employers or colleagues, and uncertainty about the availability of support and accommodations. Additionally, many disabled people may have faced barriers to accessing education and employment throughout their lives, which can lead to a lack of confidence or self-doubt when it comes to navigating the world of work. All of these factors can contribute to anxiety and stress for disabled people leaving university and entering the workforce, highlighting the importance of support and resources to help make the transition as smooth and successful as possible

When disabled people leave university and enter the workforce, there are several sources of support and assistance available to them in the UK. Here are some of the key options:

  1. Access to Work: Access to Work is a government-funded scheme that provides practical support to disabled people who are in work or about to start work. This can include funding for specialist equipment, workplace adaptations, and support workers or interpreters.
  2. Disability Confident scheme: The Disability Confident scheme is a UK government initiative that encourages employers to become more disability-inclusive. Employers who join the scheme receive support and guidance on how to attract, recruit, and retain disabled staff.
  3. Disability Employment Advisors: Disability Employment Advisors (DEAs) are trained professionals who provide advice and guidance to disabled people who are looking for work. They can help with job searches, CV writing, interview preparation, and provide information on support available to disabled job seekers.
  4. Disability Rights UK: Disability Rights UK is a charity that provides information, advice, and advocacy to disabled people on a range of issues, including employment. They offer a range of resources and services to help disabled people find and keep work, including access to a helpline, online resources, and training programmes.
  5. Accessible recruitment platforms: Some recruitment platforms, such as Evenbreak, are specifically designed to connect disabled job seekers with employers who are committed to diversity and inclusion. These platforms can be a helpful resource for disabled people who are looking for work.

Overall, there are several sources of support and assistance available to disabled people who are leaving university and entering the workforce in the UK. By taking advantage of these resources, disabled job seekers can increase their chances of finding fulfilling and sustainable employment.

Written and edited by Laura Starkey-Ash, Social Media Manager

5th May, 2023